Happy Birthday to our National Parks

Last updated on November 10th, 2017 at 12:55 pm

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What This New Englander Has Learned about Our National Parks and Nature.

Growing up in a small, rural, New Hampshire town, I was born loving the outdoors. Being raised in a log cabin situated in the middle of a forest gives you a unique perspective on nature and wildlife. My sister and I would spend our days climbing huge glacial rock formations behind our house, using the roots of trees growing on the rocks as our rope. We’d pretend we were pioneers in the winter and hike through the snow covered woods. We got tips at a young age on what to do if we crossed paths with a black bear on our walks. And thunderstorms were always a little scary because we worried a tree would fall on our house.

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Woodworking Network: Vermont Woods Studios Owner Leads Multinational Effort to Save Monarch Butterflies

Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 04:53 pm

Vernon, VT- Vermont Woods Studios owner, Peggy Farabaugh, says she has partnered with two business owners in Mexico and Canada, to help save the habitat of the Monarch Butterfly. The tour is aimed at raising awareness of the endangered Monarch…

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Vermont Public Radio: A Cross-Border Collaboration to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 04:59 pm

Monarch butterflies are known for epic migrations, traveling thousands of miles every year. Their route can span from Mexico to Canada, which makes it difficult to protect monarchs, because there’s no one single habitat to preserve.

Peggy Farabaugh, is the founder and CEO of Vermont Woods Studios in Vernon, a sustainable furniture company. She’s trying to create the kind of collaboration that will protect monarchs. She has joined forces with Jose Luis Alvarez, a Mexican tree nurseyman who started the organization, Forests For Monarchs.

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Food Donation to Load the Latchis

Last updated on August 3rd, 2018 at 11:13 am

Every year the local radio station hosts a food drive at the historic Latchis Hotel & Theater in Downtown Brattleboro for our neighbors in need. The goal of the event is to load every seat at the theater, 750 in total. This year, Megan and Peggy collected five bags full of food to donate to the event.

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Metamorphosis of a Vermont Furniture Showroom

Inlaid monarch butterfly on maple end table
Breeze Verdant inlayed this beautiful monarch butterfly into a maple end table that Ken and Kyle built. It’s on display at Stonehurst until August 26th.

With our Save the Monarchs tour coming up next week, we decided to dress this Vermont furniture showroom up for the occasion.  Ken and Kyle built a beautiful maple end table and brought it over to Breeze Verdant who inlaid that amazing monarch image above.  There are actually over 100 tiny pieces of wood and metal in it!

Monarch Artistry in our Vermont Furniture Showroom
The Save the Monarchs banner, pamphlets & stickers were created by our ace artist, photographer & all around creative genius, Nina.  That’s a monarch nursery in the upside-down mesh clothes hamper.  Several monarchs in all different stages of metamorphosis are inside.  Hopefully some will be able to join us for the tour.

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Hell No, We Won’t Mow!

Last updated on October 11th, 2022 at 04:16 pm

"Hell No, We Won't Mow"
A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Please join our “Hell No, We Won’t Mow” campaign and ask your local road crews if there are areas where mowing can be delayed until October. Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

7 Ways You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies From Extinction

Frequent flyers on this blog are well schooled on the plight of the beautiful monarch butterfly.  Over the last couple decades the population has declined by over 90% leaving the monarch in imminent danger of extinction.  Once a billion butterflies strong, there are now only about 50 million and the need to conserve their habitat is urgent.  The good news is that, with your help and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, it may not be too late.  Here are 7 things you can do to help the monarch make an epic comeback in 2016-2017:

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Vermont Woods Studios Raises Monarch Butterflies

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 02:48 pm

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Can you spot all four caterpillars in this photo? These are just some of the little guys we’ve adopted this summer.

From barely noticeable caterpillar to one of nature’s most beautiful creatures.

Monarch Butterflies have long been a popular and famous insect. Their image is used everywhere from GMO free food labels to makeup ads. And, just a couple of months ago President Obama met with the Canadian Prime Minister and Mexican President to discuss how these three countries can save the monarch. With seven states including Vermont calling it their state insect, it’s a wonder how we’ve let the monarch butterfly population reach the endangered zone.

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Turn Any Room in Your House into a Tropical Oasis

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 02:49 pm

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Photo courtesy Kelsey Hirtzel-Jennings

Bring the tropics to you and turn your home into a permanent vacation.

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about a vacation to somewhere tropical…Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Thailand. Well, realistically, those thoughts will have to stay in my dreams. But, I’ve noticed a popular trend right now that’s fitting for my vacation dreams. It seems a lot of people are channeling the tropics with a design circa 1940s Beverly Hills.

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Organic Authority: How to Make Certain Your Wood Furniture is Sustainable

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 01:46 pm

There are infinite ways that you can have a better impact on the environment. In fact, making a commitment to be more eco-friendly can sometimes feel overwhelming because there are so many ways to do it. Where do you start, what priorities should you make, when is it okay to cheat a little? One possible area to focus on is your home, specifically with furniture solutions.

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3 Amigos & A Butterfly

Last updated on November 15th, 2016 at 08:22 pm

Save the Monarchs Tour

One of the monarchs we raised at Vermont Woods Studios last summer.
The monarch butterfly brought Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and me together in our efforts to help save it from extinction.

Can 3 World Leaders & 3 Small Businesses Save the Monarch Butterfly?

Last month President Obama met with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss climate change and how our three countries can save essential pollinators from extinction.  Independent of that meeting, another Mexican, a Canadian and an American were working on the same thing.  Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and I somehow connected because we all love nature and believe that small businesses can & should have a positive effect on the world around us.  The part of nature we’re focused on is the beautiful (and endangered) monarch butterfly.

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